Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Release Date, Gameplay, and Everything We Know

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Nintendo surprised us all back in February with a big reveal of the next Pokémon generation: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This came at the end of their Pokémon Presents Direct, and outshone all the other announcements.

Coming to the Nintendo Switch console family late in 2023, the apparent next generation is set in a (so far un-named) region that resembles the Mediterranean, with plenty of cute new ‘Mons to add to a robust line-up of our old favourites. Generation nine’s starters even made an appearance in the cinematic trailer, along with a look at the two trainers for the different versions of the game - who sported updated appearances.

We’ll keep this page updated with news about the games, and links to our handy pre-orders page, guides to help you plan your next adventure into the Pokemon world, and a full list of which Pokémon we will see in the new region.

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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Release Date

Nintendo has promised that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will come out this year, even with Pokémon Legends: Arceus already being released in January.

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So far there isn’t a solid release date, and with Nintendo moving its schedule around so much this year, the late 2022 window could mean anything at this point. It will likely be a November release akin to Sword and Shield in 2019.

Pre-Registration For Pokémon Scarlet And Violet

A pre-registration page for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet popped up recently, for eager fans to register their interest and get the news straight to their inbox.

Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Starters

The three starter Pokemon of Generation 9.
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Following the age-old tradition of Pokémon games, Scarlet and Violet have three starters: a Fire-type, a Water-type, and a Grass-type. These are: Fuecoco, a mischievous crocodilian animal that somewhat resembles a chili; Quaxly the duck, and a green, leafy cat named Sprigatito.

Each starter comes with abilities complimenting their typing and will evolve twice. As of yet, we haven’t been shown their middle or final evolutions - so we’ll need to be patient in making informed decisions for which to pick.

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Gameplay In Pokémon Scarlet And Violet

Let's take a look at some key areas in Scarlet and Violet: which Pokémon will there be, what is the new region like, and more.

Which Pokémon Are In Scarlet And Violet?

So far there have been quite a few Pokémon spotted in the Scarlet and Violet trailers and screenshots - our full list can be found here. Creatures from a lot of previous generations make appearances, including Blissey (which will include Happiny and Chansey), Swablu, and an original form of Meowth. Sadly Gen 9 doesn’t get a new form as Alola and Galar did.

As of yet, we have not seen any new Pokémon from Gen 9 other than the three starters Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Sprigatito.

What Is The New Region In Pokémon Scarlet And Violet?

The setting of the upcoming games is what appears to be a Mediterranean area, based on the Iberian Peninsula. This is all but confirmed thanks to eagle-eyed fans spying a map of the area in the cinematic trailer. We don’t have a name yet for the Gen 9 region.

Judging by Fuecoco’s chili shape, we can assume that there will be more nods to Mediterranean culture and motifs involved with the region’s design and creatures.

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Will Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Have Any Legends: Arceus Features?

The big question going around is whether Game Freak has carried over any new features from the mold-breaking Legends: Arceus, into the new mainline games. The battling mechanics appear to have reverted to the classic ways, but the game has been branded as ‘open-world’.

There have also been hints of Hisuian forms appearing, thanks to a Hisuian Zoroak featuring in the background picture of the official website.

Differences Between Pokemon Scarlet And Violet

For now, we don’t know what differences Scarlet and Violet will have from each other. Likely there will be some differences in the Pokédex, requiring trades between the two versions. There’ll also be different legendaries if all of the past games are to be believed. There may be more changes too - like Sun and Moon’s differing times.